The Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary plays a crucial role at KDH, providing volunteers for every area of the hospital and raising funds for the direct benefit of our patients.
Founded in 1959, the Auxiliary’s mission is to provide volunteer service to hospital patients, promote good public relations and assist the hospital in providing quality community health care.
Last year the 200-plus members of the KDH Auxiliary – men and women – gave a total of 11,500 volunteer hours to their community hospital.
What our volunteers do
You will recognize our volunteers by their red smocks working all over the hospital: at the welcome desk inside the main entrance, in the emergency department and on the inpatient unit, where they visit with patients and bring them water and snacks, and on the interim long-term care unit, where they help with outings, crafts, music, pet therapy and more. In addition, you will find Auxiliary volunteers making the hospital garden look beautiful and working in health records and administration. Auxiliary volunteers also operate the coffee bar/gift shop and provide comfort kits for inpatients who need them.
How the Auxiliary raises money for the hospital
The Auxiliary has donated more than $1 million since it was founded in 1959. The Auxiliary raises funds for the hospital through the coffee bar/gift shop, memorial donations to the Tribute Fund, and several events throughout the year. The Auxiliary’s major fundraising event is Hey Day, a giant garage sale held the second weekend in June.
The profits of all Auxiliary activities are used for the direct benefit of KDH patients, primarily through the purchase of essential medical equipment.
To learn more about the KDH Auxiliary, read –
- KDH Auxiliary News:
How you can help
Volunteer at KDH. Typically volunteers work for two to four hours at a time in the area of the hospital they choose. Prospective volunteers are asked to complete a Volunteer Application Form and have two references submit Volunteer Reference Forms. In addition, hospital volunteers must submit the results of a criminal reference check, and provide the results of a tuberculosis test as well as proof of immunization for certain communicable diseases. For more information, please email Connie Parsons.
Donate to the Auxiliary’s Tribute Fund. The Tribute Fund was established for donations to honour the memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. These tax deductible donations are used for the direct benefit of patients. For information about the Tribute Fund, please email Connie Parsons, or mail a letter to KDH Auxiliary Inc., Tribute Fund, PO Box 2007, 2675 Concession Road, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, K0G 1J0.